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's speakers, building on the momentum of last night. how can you top michelle obama? >> believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. yeah. we were so young, so in love, and so in debt. and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down. because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. so in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have the same opportunity. he reminds me that we are playing a long game here. and that change is hard. and change is slow. and it never happens all at once. but eventually, we get there. we always do. we get there because of folks like my dad. folks like barack's grandmother. men and women who said to them
in with michele obama, a portion of michele obama's speech, what did you think of it? >> it was a great speech, it really was. so many personal anecdotes you could visualize. we were talking last week about how ann romney said a lot of great things about mitt romney but never gave you the visuals. john said it best. who in america are in that convention hall -- or in that convention hall watching the speech didn't get the image of a loving father struck with ms, seeing his two children sat the top of the stairs and fighting and struggling to get up those stairs to hug his children at the end of the day or fighting and struggling to get out of bad to go to work to give them a slice of the american dream. it was an absolutely fantastic speech. and the great line, absolutely loved the line, that being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are. >> very personal, very revealing but it also might have accomplished something in terms of touching on some key areas that might have needed some work, not that the president, you would think, had a problem with the women's vote. >> right
>>> the first lady front and center. michelle obama ready to seize the spotlight on night one of the democratic convention. >>> everything people own, look at that, left in heaps on the curb. exposing the true extent of damage from hurricane isaac. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman in charlotte, north carolina live at the cnn grill. the convention gavels to order in the afternoon. then the party will spend the next three days trying to sell the message that we are, in fact, better off now than we were four years ago. they have had trouble with that one so far. they suggest they would have a better plan for the future. tonight's main attraction, first lady michelle obama and castro. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, you have inside information for the obama contain and what the goals are for these three days. >> first of all, they say they want to chrrystallize the visio. when you look at the economy between barack obama and mitt romney. and they're also going to talk about building a middleclass from the m
years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
and his wife, michele obama. >> michele was unbelievable. >> and joe biden. >> john kerry. >> john kerry did well, biden did well, clinton was incredible, michele obama was incredible. but you know, it -- >> it's a high bar to clear for the guy. >> and also, though, if you want to compare it to tampa, i mean, obviously so much -- >> they had to hold everyone back. >> so much better than everybody at tampa. we're not going to even -- but as far as substance goes, i agree. >> beautiful. >> he said nothing, but he said nothing so much better than mitt romney said nothing. >> yeah. >> which i was talking -- >> that's it. >> let's be clear, we were talking about how high the bar was for obama. talk about mitt romney, it's a low bar for mitt romney to clear that bar. he was somewhere in between those things. i thought the first two-thirds of the speech, and many people have said this, it did feel like a state of the union speech. little bit of a laundry list and very -- not just as mark said, not only did he say nothing new, he said nothing bold and he said nothing very specific. you know, one
with the military people. and in talking about veterans and jobs, the work of michelle obama and jill biden, he's bridged this international and domestic divide in ways -- >> i think you're right. the idea of the first lady and dr. biden, the second lady if you will, making a point of almost like in a civil war setting. that women taking an interest in mostly guys are getting injured badly or killed. and being out there and addressing them as individuals that are important years after the battle. >> and that is what's so unpleasant, distasteful if you will, about romney's reply on fox. when he -- imagine you're a troop in afghanistan. you know, it's 110 degrees. you're walking around with a pack and a weapon. imagine you have a loved one who is. and you hear him or her referred to as a laundry list. that's a dehumanizing of what these people are doing. to romney it's just another issue. i don't need to deal with this issue in this speech. it's not a laundry list. it's human beings. >> i like to think -- i remember this story of a super bowl game. i'm watching the pilots go over when they do it.
are you better off. tonight is basically about michele obama if i have it right. stuart: the bank's strength of the regular politicians, the democrats is week tonight. that is not good. >> no it isn't and those are the facts. democrats have michele, bill and barack. stuart: what do you think michele obama will say. >> she will talk about her husband's compassion and concern for people and the middle-class. far better liked than he is and she will try to transfer some of her popularity into empathy for a president who lost the mantle of hope and change. stuart: $16 trillion crossing the mark? >> it underscore is the huge issues we face. bill clinton will speak to that wednesday night i suspect. stuart: the democrats are going into this on the defense. as they start their conference they are on the defense. >> they are on the defense but to win the election they have got to keep mitt romney and the republicans on their back and so far there is a good chance they can do that. charles: i find it ironic that we can't half ago everyone senate romney has to be human and shows he is a fan
. the democrats are in charlotte. michelle obama last night. bill clinton will speak tonight. the president himself tomorrow. will this be enough to give them the momentum? we have a big mitt romney supporter with us to start things off. jack gerard, the president and ceo of american petroleum institute live from charlotte where the convention is being held. how about it, jack, because a lot of people say you know what, romney didn't get a very big bounce out of last week's convention. now maybe the democrats will be able to build up a little bit of a lead here after the president speaks on thursday night. >> well, there's a lot of people that have different views about bounces and how big they should or shouldn't be. a lot of people suggest that really what's going on is you have very few people that are undecided. 3 to 6 percent that really haven't yet made up their mind. a lot of this election has already been cast. there's clearly a sharp choice here. there's a role for government, less government. we in the energy industry look at this as a very dramatic choice in terms of developing o
antonio mayor jewulian castro a will wrap up with a speech by first lady michelle obama. tomorrow will include speeches by massachusetts senate candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton followed by the delegate roll call to nominate president obama for a second term. >> did you see the article in politico about how elizabeth warren is a star here but is having trouble gaining traction in massachusetts. mike, you said it a long time ago, she is a national star for the democratic party but in her own state she's trailing by 5 points and there a lot of democrats that always vote democrat that like brown. they say he's one of us, he's what we would say in the south a good ol' boy. he's not exactly good ol' boy but he talks like those guys who call into boston radio stations bitching about the red sox. that's his persona. i don't know if that's really him but he's got it now. >> again, these two guys can tell you, maybe buttress this point of view, massachusetts is more than cambridge and beacon hill. it's a very moderate state once you get past 128, the outer beltwa
to do that. starting off with michelle obama and then bill clinton and then ending with the president. we have a stellar lineup. we better get it made. the third thing is enthusiasm. the democrats enthusiasm has been lagging behind republican enthusiasm. they are trying to solidify enthusiasm. they are having trouble. i do not think clint eastwood did much. we have to make sure that our enthusiasm takes up with theirs. >> those of the my top two as well. in terms of democratic politics. she talked about seniors and non-college educated women, i will look at it a little differently to geographically. 20 take a look at florida and north carolina, those were great states for obama -- when you take a look at florida and north carolina, those were great states for obama. if they become really important for obama. the democratic party has to move beyond the northeast/midwest party. these are continue battleground states. we will want to have them be that beyond national politics at the presidential level. you see that within virginia with kane. the other thing i will say is that if you want
school in hawaii, the guy that went to harvard -- >> if you saw michelle obama's speech -- >> that taught law school at the university of chicago, it fed into that narrative that he looked down on working class americans as people clinging to their -- >> no. >> i think both of the -- and i think it was devastating. i think it killed him in pennsylvania, he lost by ten points to hillary. he paid a great political price for it. and jon meacham, i would suggest he deserved to pay a great political price for those elitist comments out in san francisco. but now moving forward, i think we're going to see mitt romney, the same thing happen to mitt romney here, except this is again, this is in the general election campaign. this is not in the primary. >> 50 days out. >> man, i'll tell you what, this has been -- and we need to talk about this. i know it's 23 past, we've got to get going, but you combine the libyan press conference with this -- >> the politico stuff about -- >> the politico stuff, this has been a horrible week. the race is not over. he can turn it around. but this is one of the wor
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